Dry conditions in the St. Louis-area are expected to continue, making it urgently important to take action by thoroughly watering trees and shrubs. This is especially important for newly planted trees or evergreens.
Summer arrived this year with thunder, lightning, and rain! Lots and lots of rain.
June 2015 was the second wettest month on record for St. Louis. With just over 13 inches of rain, that’s about 9 inches above normal.
As you can imagine or may have experienced, all this rain results in swollen rivers, sewer overflows, and flooded basements.
Quiet Village is here to help. While we have no control over the weather, effective plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavements and other efforts can help mitigate the damage caused by saturated soils. Also known as Rainscaping, this approach manages fluctuating rainfall and reclaims stormwater naturally – by dealing with it as close as possible to where it falls.
Connect with one of our designers to turn your front yard into a rain garden, like the one pictured below. Filled with native plants and natural charm, this garden keeps water onsite, rather than dumping it onto the sidewalk and into the sewers.
This design also included rain barrels, to catch and store roof water runoff which can later be used during times of drought. As a piece of the entire self-sustaining system, when these barrels reach maximum capacity, overflow moves to the front yard rain garden basin.
Now, get ready for the next big storm and rainscape your yard!
Please call our office at (314) 657-7050 or email email@example.com to request a free initial design consultation.
Rebecca, our landscape designer, responds to some commonly asked questions about landscaping.
Q. What’s trending right now in the landscaping world?
A. We’re seeing a lot of great trends right now:
Q. What is easy to overlook when designing or maintaining your outdoor living space?
A. Most often we see people not being conscious of the plant’s mature size. For example, people tend to plant their plants too close together or the house and then once the plants have reached their full size, the home owner has to go back and consistently maintain them.
A few other things people tend to forget is how important soil preparation is, how the natural habitat has an effect on their landscape (especially those living close to the woods), and how your water runoff can affect your neighbors’ water runoff and drainage.
Especially in the heat of the summer, it’s important to remember that even well-established plants (large trees and shrubs) can benefit from being watered a couple times a week. The stress of the summer heat can lead to issues in the future. Also, using proper pruning technics is critical since a poorly pruned tree or shrub is more susceptible to disease and pest problems. Lastly, people must understand that even a low maintenance garden needs some tending to a couple time of the years.
Q. How can I really make my landscape “pop”?
A. Adding a fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven or outdoor kitchen to a patio gives you a lot more options with your space. Pergolas are great for climbing plants and adds a vertical dimension to your landscape. The right outdoor lighting can turn your home and garden into an entirely new setting at night, and water features add a great natural touch to your garden.
Let us know how we can help design or maintain your outdoor paradise!
Is it difficult to find the balance between desert wasteland and swampy marsh with your current irrigation setup? Quiet Village Landscaping’s smart irrigation controllers and moisture sensors automatically adjust to environmental factors, preventing overwatering. Not only does this conserve water and save you money, it also avoids the fungal diseases and insect problems found in waterlogged lawns.
Smart controllers manage watering frequency by gathering data from sensors and weather information. Rainfall, high wind and low temperatures can prompt smart controllers to reduce watering. These technologically evolved controllers even take into account factors such as soil type, lawn slope, plant type, and sun exposure. Moisture sensors sense water levels directly at the root zone level, providing an unmatched level of optimization.
Don’t run yourself ragged by constantly synching your irrigation system with St. Louis’ unpredictable and extreme weather patterns. Talk to us about upgrading your existing system or installing a new one to get optimal results and peace of mind. Find out more at stlsprinklersystems.com.
Did you know that we are pros at installing and upgrading sprinkler systems? Check out our brand new website for more information about our irrigation services! To celebrate the launch, we are revealing a special discount just for you!
Call or email us to discover more details about upgrading or installing a sprinkler system to maximize water efficiency.